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I have an unopened bottle sitting in my cabinet, and yet I'm tempted to hurry and buy another one as soon as absinthes.com shows them in stock. I'm either smart, or very obsessively sick...

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True. All I know is that my poor wallet is taking a beating. Too much to buy, too much to try...

 

A bit of a First World Problem, I suppose....

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Has no one had both runs and compared? More than likely will pick up a bottle either way i guess.

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Ive only tried the 2011 (well I assume it's 2011, my last 2 bottles were bought very recently). If you wait half a year or so you can compare the 2011 to the 2012 though

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There was an earlier run, then supplies went out. Then later a second batch was distilled. What is and has been available is the second batch.

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Hmm, then I assume Ive only had the second batch. I'm new, so don't know the history. Apologies. I just assumed he had a 2010 distillation as well. oops

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Well the first batch was distilled in 2010, but we sold it personally and not through distributors. The one on sale on absinthes.com is the 2011 batch.

I feel like it's not my place to describe the differences, but what I can tell you is that the herb bill is exactly the same, and even the amounts of the single herbs in unchanged. The differences are the Pontarlier wormwood in the 2010 batch is from the 2006 harvest, while the one in the 2011 one is from 2010 harvest, with the result of a much bolder ww profile. The fennel also is different: the one in the 2010 batch is the same I use for the Grenouille while the one in the 2011 batch is a new cultivar that had that a very interesting GCMS profile (if you don't know what I'm talking about I can post it), which resulted in a sweeter and creamier profile. Also the wine base in the 2011 batch it's two years old instead of one. The bottom line is that in my opinion the 2011 doesn't have anything less than the 2010 but rather something more (more ww and more creaminess/sweetness) so it's normal that some features (the old leather, baby powder, etc) seem to be less pronounced because there's other stuff there trying to catch your attention ;)

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More than likely will pick up a bottle either way i guess.

 

Ive only tried the 2011 (well I assume it's 2011, my last 2 bottles were bought very recently).

 

 

Oy. Absomphe must have had the afternoon off. Packing bags for GAAF takes careful consideration. :pirate:

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Upon going all ipad2' I have stopped caring about grammer like I used to. I still try to keep it somewhat readable though.

 

Back on topic. I have been informed that, due to a customs related procedure, absinthes.com can not deliver to the Sunshine State at this time. :thumbdown:

 

Working on a solution though. I really would like to procure a bottle of this fine drink.

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No email for me either.. A few emails to Andrew at absinthes.com let me know approximately when it would be back in stock, and I just kept checking it... I had it quicklinked in my bookmark toolbar for quick access...

 

I checked this morning, and lo and behold, IN STOCK... I placed the order, and now the wait...

 

How sweet it is :tongue:

 

(And my Blues cat arrived as well... good week for absinthe)

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Who here has had both versions? I would love to hear of the differences between the first and second batch.

 

I loved that old leather taste. I have read it has been tamed.

 

Well the first batch was distilled in 2010, but we sold it personally and not through distributors. The one on sale on absinthes.com is the 2011 batch.

I feel like it's not my place to describe the differences, but what I can tell you is that the herb bill is exactly the same, and even the amounts of the single herbs in unchanged. The differences are the Pontarlier wormwood in the 2010 batch is from the 2006 harvest, while the one in the 2011 one is from 2010 harvest, with the result of a much bolder ww profile. The fennel also is different: the one in the 2010 batch is the same I use for the Grenouille while the one in the 2011 batch is a new cultivar that had that a very interesting GCMS profile (if you don't know what I'm talking about I can post it), which resulted in a sweeter and creamier profile. Also the wine base in the 2011 batch it's two years old instead of one. The bottom line is that in my opinion the 2011 doesn't have anything less than the 2010 but rather something more (more ww and more creaminess/sweetness) so it's normal that some features (the old leather, baby powder, etc) seem to be less pronounced because there's other stuff there trying to catch your attention ;)

 

I finally got to taste the 2010 twice at GAAF. And while there are differences (quite well described by Stefano, BTW), they are subtle and there are way more similarities. In fact, I thought the most observable differences probably had to do most with aging. It certainly remains the same product.

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I saw that! Very nice.. Id like to taste that straight up. :tongue:

 

I am eagerly awaiting my order... I have been checking my Absinthes.com account multiple times daily waiting for the order status to change to shipped... so far its been at "Processing"...

 

Just ordered a new glass (un cut handblown pontarlier glass) and spoon (silver clad Croix Suisse) to enjoy L'Ancienne with... I have been using my Terragona style glass and brouiller for far too long now. I used to have a Pontarlier glass and really cool spoon, but in all my moving around as of late it has gotten lost :thumbdown:

 

Due to my new job I felt a little treat to myself was in order, hence the L'Ancienne and glass/spoon combo.

 

I got the glass I did, because it is a re-pro of an antique glass I really want to pickup. (After the 4 Jades pack, and a fountain, maybe an antique glass will do ;) )

 

All I have been drinking over the last year and a half is Taboo. I quite like it, but it would be nice to have some variety. Blues Cat is on its way, and I am awaiting 2 bottles of L'Ancienne...

 

We will see how glad I am that I stumbled onto this forum after I try the two absinthes :tongue:

 

If it weren't for this place, I never would have known these two brands existed... :thumbup:

 

Santé!

:arrr:

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Those lovely FB photos of the base to be used years from now, sure were serious distilling porn. :clap: :worshippy: :thumbup: :cheers:

 

I just looked at those photos. I would love to know what it is that you think you can discern from looking at them as I'm beginning to feel real stupaad because I don't get it. It might be great, it might not. Enlighten us please as to what, specifically, you detect as being particularly sexy about this, and what you think enhances quality.

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Its an ingredient. Something to look at that is going to become absinthe. To some, an items potential glows more than the basic "is-ness" of the object.

 

Score: 2 boner to 2 no boner

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:tongue:

 

I do have a question, what is the point in aging a spirit that is going to be re-distilled anyway?

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